6. Superintendent’s Report (This item was deferred to the February 11 OPPS meeting by consensus.) A. Subcommittee on Public Engagement: Deputy Superintendent [Carrying on from last OPPS with discussion of changes proposed by the Committee to Bylaw 9360, General Meeting of the Board: Question Period at Board Meetings and format of Agenda.] 7. Finance and Legal Affairs A. 2013/14 Funding Update (presented by the Associate Secretary-Treasurer as Secretary-Treasurer absent)
- Decreased adult enrolment = loss $$530,885
- Overall enrolment increased; SD61 no longer in “declining enrolment category” so lost declining enrolment grant from Ministry of Education = loss $232,409
- Increase in teacher salary differential (calculation of average teacher salary for submission to the Ministry as required on September 30 was low; Ministry funded the difference) = gain $442,436
- Provincial holdback funds released = $1,104,025, less than last year [“Every year, the province reserves a portion of operating grants to school districts so that, when final enrolments are known, district-by-district funding adjustments can be made. This is known as the holdback fund and this year (as of April 2013) the fund has $26.3 million in it. Traditionally, boards get this additional money, keeping it in the system for school programs. But this year (2013) the government decided it would throw $15.6 million of that money at its budget deficit.” Holdback funding is capricious.]
- Increase to targeted funds for ESL, Special Education (increased number of students with designations in SD61, not an increase in Ministry funding formula) , Aboriginal Education = $544,222
- Increase in grants = $2,252,936
B. Summary of Partner Group Budget Input 2014/15: document to be posted on SD61website.
- Loring-Kuhanga: This is the same format as last year. Would be good to see separate submissions from each partner group, with perhaps five top recommendations.
- Leonard: Too late for this year, but could be done next year, and at Round Tables this year – could put out a call to bring five items to the table.
- Paynter: School Planning Council asked for off the cuff “what are your thoughts” with no context, and there is no analysis at District level – disrespectful of partner group input.
- Leonard: Were asked to keep statements from PACs “pure” and unedited.
- Orcherton: Keep these items in mind when we are going to be making big cuts.
- Horsman: These items are taken under advisement.
C. Regulation 4304 Bullying and Harassment (pages 30-2 34 of agenda) : Director of HR: Incorporates changes suggested by union groups and follows policy approved at end of year [October 2013]. D. Regulation 1241 Volunteer Drivers (pages 35-37 of agenda): Associate Superintendent Courville
- Loring-Kuhanga: Suggest adding “Changes to a driver’s abstract will be reported to school administration by the driver”. [Accepted by senior administration.]
8. Public Disclosure of In Camera Items: A. Motion carried in In Camera meeting: That the Board encourage CUPE 947 and the employer ‘s bargaining body (BCPSEA) to meet to resolve CUPE’s issues, questions, concerns. B. Letter to be sent from Board to President CUPE BC regarding the motion in A.